Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies.
When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he disovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.
I had a high expectation of this book. I think someone has told me it is a great novel.
I was shocked when I got started on this book. It does not meet my expectation as a novel. The different sections seem to be detached. The photos and illustrations did not seem to be part of the story.
However, as I went on reading, the detached parts start to go together and make more sense. Even though I was still confused, I wanted to know the truth about the key about what happened. And not realizing, I finished this book.
I think this book is interesting and successfully put it into a way a 9-year-old see the world and the tragedy happened in his family. Yet it made me sad during the tragic moments....Continua
Ci sono cose che si perdono e poi con calma si ritrovano. Ma altre che si tengono strette nel pugno di una mano ma ormai sono perse davvero, qualcosa forse rimane sì, ma il pugno sembra terribilmente vuoto. Bello comunque, però a tratti "troppo"....Continua
Sweet, painful, tender, incredibly real. An amazing read to rethink the past, the present and the future through the eyes of a young boy who is overwhelmed by the death of his father. The story of a family throughout a century. Incredibly beautiful....Continua